20 November 2018

Corn And Popcorn

 To celebrate this harvest time of year we spent time doing reading, math, science, art and writing activities relating to corn and popcorn.  Students made their own patterned Indian corn to practice a variety of patterns.

We reviewed the use of our five senses by air popping some popcorn.  Students were able to smell the popcorn as it popped, listen to the kernels as they were dumped in the machine and compare that sound to the popping sound.  Of course they were able to see the popcorn and the best part of all we tasted it!

Together the class wrote the steps of "how to" pop popcorn.  First we listed all of the things needed to make popcorn and then wrote the steps of what to do to make the popcorn.  Conducting a science experiment using the scientific process was a lot of fun.  Students were able to ask a question, form a hypothesis, conduct the experiment and form a conclusion.

We also spent some time reading about and discussing the National holiday of Thanksgiving.  Enjoy your break!

16 November 2018

Thanksgiving

During this time of year we have been learning a bit about our national holiday of Thanksgiving.  We shared the book, Thank You, Sarah.  This book tells about the persistent efforts of Sarah Hale to convince the President of the United States of the importance of making Thanksgiving a national holiday.  Students participated in creating a class chart and an individual page outlining some of the qualities that Sarah had in order to achieve her goal.  

We also have had many discussions about gratitude and being thankful.  We read about Squanto and how he helped the pilgrims plant corn and survive in a new land.  The legend of the five kernels of corn helped us learn to be thankful for beauty all around, the love of our families, to be happy with all we have, the help of our friends, and of the free country in which we live.  We each had the opportunity to write a thank you letter to someone we love.

09 November 2018

Fall Fun

We have been sharing "enormous" books this week which include:  The Enormous Watermelon, The Enormous Carrot, Big Pumpkin, The Enormous Potato, and The Enormous Turnip.  Students were able to discuss and identify the characters, setting, problem and resolution in each of the stories.  We also brainstormed other words that mean "enormous" such as gigantic, large, huge, humongous, big, and massive.

During our study of the fall season we read and discussed squirrels.  We have read fiction and nonfiction books about squirrels and have completed science and math activities related to squirrels.  Students had the opportunity to be like squirrels and hide their own cache of "nuts" in the classroom.  At the end of the day they tried to find all of the "nuts" they hid.  Just like squirrels some students had a hard time remembering where nuts were!

Scaredy Squirrel has become one of our favorite book characters.  This book helped talk about some character education topics such as being brave and making friends.  The squirrel in the book also makes a written plan of things to do just like the how to writing we will be working on during independent writing time.

We are still working on handwriting of numbers through 10 and letters f, k, o, w, and z.  Practice phonemic awareness skills of being able to identify beginning sounds of words and blending phonemes (individual sounds) together.

Next month students will need to pass off rote counting to 100 and counting objects to 20.  Please practice these skills at home with your child.  We have also been working on developing our number sense by focusing on a number and finding all the ways to build that number or all of the combinations to make that number.  Such as, 5 can be 1 and 4; 2 and 3; 0 and 5; 4 and 1 or 3 and 2.

Reminder:
November 21-23: Thanksgiving Holiday - NO School


08 November 2018

Picture Retake Day

Reminder:  Picture retake day 
will be on Monday, November 12th.

02 November 2018

Four Seasons

We have been reading and learning about the four seasons of the year. We have been able to read several fact books about the four seasons and learn about what happens in each season. We also have learned and discussed what the weather is like in each season, what we wear in each season and what animals do in the different seasons. Students have been doing a great job of using their reading strategies to help them gather information from the books we have read.

We have also focused a lot on the difference between facts and opinions. Students should be able to tell you what a fact is and what an opinion is. At home talk with your child and help them share their opinion about a fact you have heard.  We focused on the fall season and identified facts about the fall season and our opinions about the fall season.

At school we have been busy building repeating patterns with blocks, pictures, and tiles. We have worked on simple patterns such as AB, ABB, AAB, and ABC. Use a variety of objects, movements, and sounds to create patterns with your child. Ask your child to define "repeating pattern" and they should be able to tell you that a pattern is something that repeats or goes over and over again and you can tell what comes next.

We have continued handwriting practice and have worked on handwriting of the following letters: a, d, g, h, t, x, b, i, l, p, s and f and the numerals 0-9.  Remind your child of the correct formation of these letters as he/she practices writing.  Thank you for continuing practicing handwriting on the homework with your child.

Please continue working on blending beginning of words to the end of the word with your child.  For example, say:  /b/      /at/    and have your child say the word:  bat.   Also, work on having your student generate rhyming words.  These can even be nonsense words as long as they sound alike at the end.

29 October 2018

Halloween Parade

On Wednesday, October 31st, at 11:15 a.m. we will be holding a Halloween costume parade.  We invite all who would like to participate or watch the parade to come and enjoy this event.  We ask that our students not wear gory costumes or bring any kind of weapon with their costume.  Students are welcome to wear their costumes to school for the entire day.  Again, parents are invited to attend this parade.  Parents may stand along the walls of the kindergarten hall and in the main entrance to view the parade.  Our parade will leave from our kindergarten rooms and go clear around the school, past the front office and then back to our classrooms.

The PM students will join with the school parade beginning at 1:00 p.m.  The afternoon parade will be going around the school and outside around the Sierra Park.  Please join us somewhere along the parade route outside.

Parents may send their child to school in their costume on that day so students will be prepared for the parade.

26 October 2018

Bone Soup

We had a fun time this week focusing on various versions of the traditional tale, Stone Soup.  We talked about cooperation and working together when reading the original story.  Students enjoyed reading Yuck Soup and hearing about some yucky things the creatures put in their soup.  We were able to taste a variety of treats and decided if we though they were "yucky" or "yummy".  Students created a graph each day to see how many liked the treat and how many did not.

After reading Bone Soup students wrote their own recipe of things they would put in their own "yuck soup".  We also tasted some "yucky" things and shared our opinion whether we liked the item or not.  We also created our own "bone soup" with some creepy (but tasty) treats such as pretzels, candy bones, chocolate eyeballs, and gummy worms.  Students were able to mix up their bone soup in their own personal black pot.

We read the book Room On The Broom, a rhyming and add on book about a witch and animals she gives a ride to on her broom.  Students worked in groups with picture cards to retell the story and sequence the events.  We also used a large broom to do simple adding problems with ourselves as characters in the story.